Mercedes-Benz Christens New Land Yacht: Viano Vision Pearl
Minivans are widely praised for their cargo and kid hauling abilities, but usually not for their sense of style. Of course, most minivans aren't made by Mercedes-Benz. Its Viano van – a model not sold in the U.S. – provides the basis for the Vision Pearl concept to be shown off at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show this September. "We want to show what can be done with the Viano. The Viano Vision Pearl is not merely a functional van, but also a stylishly designed living space," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. "We have created a vehicle which combines generous spaciousness with an impressive design. Anybody who attaches importance to stress-free and at the same time stylish travel will find that the Viano Vision Pearl is the ideal companion. The interior design and technical features make the Viano Vision Pearl the S-Class among vans." The Viano Vision Pearl's design drew styling cues from modern sporting yachts and comes with many modern amenities found on-board its ocean-fairing equivalent. Mercedes-Benz outfitted the interior in white or gray leather, and added a high-end, 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Wood floors, aluminum trim and highly tinted windows add to the luxurious feel, and a wireless local area network lets travelers safely run their mobile devices. Outside are two new paint selections, "Magno Pearl Gray" and a matte "Pebble Gray." The standard-issue Viano starts at an estimated price of $40,563, and it's a good bet that the Vision Pearl, if goes on sale, would cost significantly more. Either way, you'll have to travel to Europe to see what it's all about, since Mercedes-Benz has no plans of bringing the Viano Stateside. Source: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz
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